Ekdahl, Annika

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Annika Ekdahl & HDK


FOR A BODY. 2010-2011. Tapestry and the installation created during the collaboration with students

My contribution to Kaunas Biennial TEXTILE ’11, the tapestry Definitely Gold, shows a body, a dressed up person, surrounded by decorative and beautiful things, ornaments, flowers, gold and thin layers of colours. Things I have appreciated since childhood and in this work decided to recognize.

I will now tell you another story about what I treasure. It’s about my students.

My assignment as Visiting Professor in Textile Art at HDK, School of Design & Crafts at The University of Gothenburg, ends in October. It has been a privilege to interact with the next generation of textile artists, to follow their processes and share their dreams. Also, it has been an opportunity for me to make statements and express opinions about textile art. I have done that. I’ve said that contemporary textile art is about image, structure and performance. It appears in three scales; stitch, body and space. These variables are combined in every way imaginable and I don’t expect everybody to agree with me. But I hope my thoughts can function as a starting point and a take-off for new statements.

At HDK’s textile department, we – my nearest colleague, lecturer Birgitta Nordström and the rest of the staff – decided to focus on the three scales. We began with the stitch level, zoomed out to body related/sized projects and will go upscale to space. Just to make us aware of what we do, why we do it and what we avoid.

This year we’ve had FOR A BODY as an intersection. It has been encouraging to see that the students are independent, brave and wild enough to present the most diverse interpretation of this theme!

So, when I got an invitation to show one of my big scale tapestries here in Kaunas, I knew I wanted to come together with all of them who have taught me so much – my students and my colleague – and present the result of their investigation: What do I want to create for a body?

Kaunas has for years been an important place for my understanding of how textile art can be discussed and exposed. The biennials have also been a demonstration of engagement and solidarity. What can be better as a last gesture from me to my students than bringing them to Kaunas? I know they will be encouraged, challenged and as well treated and respected as I always have been.

The students are:
Nanaka Adachi, Emelie Andersson, Ida Andersson, Klara Berge, Kerstin Björk, Amy Bondesson, Sara Erkers, Pernilla Eskilsson, Klara Espmark, Anni Foglert, Mathilda Franzén, Hållams Linnea Henriksson, Brita Huggert, Annie Johansson, Jessica Johannesson, Boa Jung, Lina Lundin, Maya Lundin, Eva Mustonen, Elina Nilsson, Emelie Röndahl, Tina Skantze, Hlif Torisdottir, Linn Warme, Agnetha Östlundh. 

Interview with Pernilla Eskilsson from 23 min: 23 s



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  • Pernilla Eskilsson

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    Did not bring the heat pump this time. Did bring some puppets from my graduation work- “The Pinkyberries, 33 pink puppets”. See more at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeAnigZtGB8

  • Marko

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    Exhibited in Milan, the famous Lithuanian arsitt M. K. Ciurlionis art exhibition, which refused to accept the Venice on Monday from Italy went to Kaunas.It is the largest ever in Western Europe exhibited the most important collection of works of art M.K.Ciurlionis consists of 137 art and photography exhibits, and other works from the arsitt’s archives.Milan’s Royal Palace Museum in the Palazzo Reale to the data, M.K.Ciurlionis exhibition was visited by 20 thousand. viewers, and the exhibition catalog published in 2010 was recognized as the best book of the art magazine Arte elections.